Knowledge Enterprise leadership
Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan
Former Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Former Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics (on leave)
In June 2020, Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan was appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump as the 15th Director of the National Science Foundation. Panchanathan previously spent more than 20 years in leadership positions at Arizona State University, including service as executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise and chief research and technology officer for ASU. He is officially on an extended leave of absence from the university as he devotes his time to advancing the U.S. science and technology agenda on a national and global scale.